Most all cat parents have been – or will be – caring for older cats at some point. Just like raising kittens, there are important things to keep in mind when taking care of your senior kitty.
Tips On Caring For Older Cats
Tip #1: Make sure your older cat gets plenty of attention. Senior cats sometimes seem aloof and don’t play as much as the younger felines, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need extra love and care. When they start reaching their senior years, make sure they know that they’re loved and needed. This keeps their spirits up.
Tip #2: Make sure they’re getting plenty of protein in their diet. There’s a myth that older cats need less protein, but don’t believe it! Senior cats actually need more protein in their daily diets – just higher quality protein. One of the best ways to give your older kitty a longer and healthier life is to feed them a species appropriate raw diet. Our oldest cat had elevated kidney levels at age 18. We immediately switched him to a raw diet and he’s going on 21 and healthier than ever.
Tip #3: Add in supplemental support. When caring for older cats it’s important that you understand the benefits their bodies get from digestive enzymes, probiotics, omega 3’s and antioxidants. Most older cats, especially if fed processed foods their entire lives, are severely lacking in healthy nutrients. Antioxidants, like Superoxide Dismutase, have been called “age-reversing agents” because they kill the free radicals that haunt our older cats and tear away at their joints and organs. Free radicals degenerated and weaken healthy tissues – we think of free radicals as villains that steal away our youth. Antioxidants are the “hero” that destroy these villains and help restore healthy functions.
Tip #4: Pay attention to their teeth. Many cat parents don’t take their kitties into the veterinarian for regular dentals. Infection in the mouth of a cat can spread to other organs, and take your older cat down quickly. Make sure to clean their teeth and have them checked at least twice yearly. This simple preventative measure can extend the life of an older cat by years.
Bottom line is this: We instinctively know when our older cat starts… feeling older. This is a precious time in your cat’s life – and yours. It’s important to absorb a real appreciation of the time our cat has shared with us – and do what we can to make our remaining time together matter most.